The Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Meridian, Idaho; is doing virtual tours. Members of the commission are videoing some of the locally historic properties and then posting them to our Facebook Meridian History and Instagram meridianhistory pages
Hi Folks –
I was asked to share how the National Trust has adapted Preservation Month during the pandemic. As many of you no doubt know, since 1973, May has been promoted to the general public as Preservation Month – a full 31 days to get out and celebrate the historic places that make up the fabric of our lives and our hometowns. However, given the sobering reality of social distancing and its inevitable continuation, that act of place-based celebration is now impossible. For May 2020, the National Trust has reimagined Preservation Month as "Virtual Preservation Month" to allow Americans a momentary escape from the realities that now confine us. Each week, a seven-day series of new virtual experience will be unlocked for followers, allowing them a welcome escape to historic places far and wide, including exclusive experiences that celebrate the beauty, history, and inspiration of National Trust Historic Sites, Historic Artists' Homes & Studio Sites, our portfolio of National Treasures, and other National Trust initiatives.
The first 7 Days of experiences are up now here; you can sign up for daily or weekly emails or text messages here too. Day 8-14 will come out this Friday, May 8.
The month includes a substantial amount of existing content from the National Trust's networks; later in the month we'll have more "live" or "virtual" events too. This year's Virtual Preservation Month came together quite quickly and we're hoping in future years to involve additional content from more our partners – so many great examples are being developed right now! We've been compiling public-facing resources on this page; personally, I'm partial to the "15 Free Historical Coloring Books and Pages to Download" piece. I'm happy to answer any questions people have about Virtual Preservation Month. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Grant
Thanks Leslie, Amy, Tiffany, and other Trust colleagues for this great work. I have shared it with Dionne Baux at UrbanMain and with colleagues at Partners for Sacred Places - I think they will provide a unique perspective and some good feedback. Will be sure to share on Forum Connect.
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